Darnell Bing

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Darnell Bing
Free agent
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-09-10) September 10, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: Long Beach (CA) Poly
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101
Debuted in 2008 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Tackles 5
Sacks 0.0
Forced fumbles 0
Interceptions 0
Stats at NFL.com

Darnell Bing (born September 10, 1984) is a gridiron football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was most recently a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern California.

Bing has also been a member of the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and Detroit Lions.

Early years[edit]

Bing attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School. He was a part of a Poly team that had an unprecedented five players ranked in the top 100 in the nation according to Rivals.com: tight end Marcedes Lewis, offensive tackle Winston Justice, defensive tackle Manuel Wright, running back Hershel Dennis and himself. Bing was a member of the USC football team in college along with all of these high school teammates, except for Lewis who played for USC's crosstown archrival, UCLA.

College career[edit]

Bing played safety for the USC Trojans, and received permission from USC athletic director Mike Garrett (USC's 1965 Heisman Trophy-winning tailback) to wear Garrett's retired No. 20 jersey. He was ruled academically ineligible his first year, but Bing started on all three other years of his collegiate career and was on two national championship teams. He was named a Jim Thorpe Award finalist as the nation's best collegiate football defensive back and an All-American in 2005. He was an early entry candidate in the 2006 NFL Draft, winding up in the fourth round.

In his final season at Southern California, Bing had an interception in the final minutes of the game against Fresno State that sealed the win for the Trojans.

Awards and honors[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the 101st pick of the 2006 NFL Draft. Although he was a safety in college, the Oakland Raiders planned to convert him to an outside linebacker, but before the 2007 season they moved him back to safety. Prior to the 2006 season, the Raiders placed Bing on the injured reserve list with a neck injury.[1] On July 25, 2007 the Raiders released him.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

The San Francisco 49ers claimed Bing off waivers on July 26, 2007. They released him on September 1 and re-signed him to the practice squad, where he spent the entire 2007 season.

New York Jets[edit]

On January 9, 2008, the New York Jets signed Bing to a future contract. He was waived by the team on July 29.

Detroit Lions[edit]

Bing was signed by the Detroit Lions on August 4, 2008 after the team placed linebacker Teddy Lehman on injured reserve. As the Raiders had unsuccessfully tried, the Lions also converted him to linebacker. He began the season on the team's practice squad before being promoted to the active roster on December 8, 2008 when linebacker Alex Lewis was placed on injured reserve. He was released on October 6, 2009.

Houston Texans[edit]

Bing signed a contract for the 2010 season on January 8, 2010.[2] He was released at the end of the preseason and signed to the practice squad on October 14. On February 18, 2011, Bing was released from the Texans roster.

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

On March 22, 2012, it was announced that Bing had been signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[3] He was later released on May 11, 2012.[4]

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